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Australia 125/3 (15.1 overs) beat Ireland 123/7 by seven wickets
10.53 – Morning all and welcome to TheScore.ie’s over-by-over liveblog of Ireland v Australia as the 2012 World T20 swings fully into action on day two in Sri Lanka.
Five years ago in the West Indies, lowly Ireland stunned the world when they shocked Pakistan and qualified for the Super 8 round of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Since then the game in this country has gone from strength to strength, with more than a few highlights along the way, but it would still be something of a shock if Phil Simmons’ men turn over the Aussies in Colombo this morning.
Then again, this is a side which certainly doesn’t shy away from their underdog status, so who knows what the morning has in store.
The action begins at 11am Irish time and we’ll have over-by-over coverage right into the afternoon. Stay with us.
11.16 – 3rd over — Ireland 13/1: A new over means another new bowler for Australia and it’s their rising star Pat Cummins who steps in to share the ball. He’s left shaking his head in disgust as the video ump gives Joyce the benefit of the doubt with a four that looked to be stopped right on the boundary.
Much better from Stirling and Joyce. They’ve settled a bit now.
12.00 – 13th over — Ireland 69/4: Kevin O’Brien is settling into his knock, hitting Christian for a double, a beautifully-struck four and a single. The Australians don’t really like that and there’s a little bit of chit-chat — “sledging”, as I believe the kids call it — which the umpire has to step in to defuse.
26 off 23 balls for O’Brien so far. A couple of sixes to take us up to a half-century would go a long way.
12.04 – 14th over — Ireland 81/4: Kevin O’Brien sees determined to lead an Irish revival here as the brotherly partnership nears the 50 mark. Starc comes in but he can’t stop two more fours from Kev who sends drives a beaut through off side to finish out the over.
12.48 – 1st over — Australia 6/0: It’s a fiery start to the Australian innings with plenty of words being exchanged between Irish wicket-keeper Gary Wilson and Shane Watson, it seems. The umps have a quick word with William Porterfield, but from the perspective of the Irish players, they’re probably just giving as good as they got earlier.
At bat, Warner takes an opening over four as Rankin drops an early delivery short.
13.03 – 4th over — Australia 40/0: After all of those wides comes a slew of boundaries. Warner opens with a four before Watson takes two of his own and finishes with a perfectly-timed six from Johnston. Australia don’t really seem to be forcing the issue but they’re making hay during their powerplay innings anyway.
13.08 – 5th over — Australia 44/0: “Boyd Rankin having a shocker out there,” Eoin Ó Nialláin pops in to say. After that wide-fest, Rankin is given a rest as Alex Cusack comes in to bowl his first over. It’s marginally tighter as Cusack gives up just four runs, but still no wickets.
13.13 – 6th over — Australia 53/0: That’s the end of the Australian powerplay and they’re cruising towards a quick, bloodless win. George Dockrell’s first delivery is sent for four between cover and mid-off by Warner. But for some dogged fielding, the last would have as well.
13.45 – 14th over — Australia 110/3: Ireland aren’t rolling over for this Aussie middle order but the good work of Boyd Rankin’s stingy over is undone when George Bailey pulls the last one for four. Australia need 14 runs from 36 balls
13.49 – 15th over — Australia 121/3: Barring something crazy, that will be our penultimate over. Cameron White opens with a beauty of a four, doubles down with another, singles, doubles and Australia need just two more runs for the win.